« In order to offer a generous Bordeaux wine, we first have to be proud of producing ripe and rich grapes ».    Christophe Vincent - Vineyard Manager

 

                                     

In pursuit of the best possible quality in a protected environment...

To make a quality wine, healthy grapes are needed. Our focus is on creating optimum conditions to achieve great quality grapes. Since 2013, our estate has gained the "High Environmental Value farm" status, the highest french agro-ecological recognition for Mother Nature protection. See certificate.

Merlot vine at harvest            Ripe merlot bunches  

Natural fertilisers ...

Constantly striving to achieve the perfect mix of techniques – both old and new – has resulted in our move towards more « organic » methods, many of which are rooted in the past. Referred to as « la lutte raisonnée », is very much a balanced, ecological approach.

Minimal chemical treatments ...

Natural predators (Typhlodroma) are used as much as possible to thwart parasites which attack the grapes, such as red spiders, and the caterpillars Eudemis and Cochylis. There is no systematic treatment. Disease modeling and use of non-ionic water allow us to reduce product quantities. Moreover, only active products with non-aggressive ecotoxicological profile are used, along with specific anti-Botrytis treatment to allow the ripest grapes possible in a safe way.

High surface, high sun exposure trellises ...

High surface and aerated trellising (using de-budding) allow greather exposure to the sun and a medium density of plantation (4000 vines/ha) which best fits with our economic restraints in order to propose great value for money wines. This enables the grapes to reach full maturity and ripeness. Thus, they can express more positively the character of their particular terroir.

Complete transparency ...

GPS vineyard cartographyVineyard management is computer-assisted in order to provide a complete transparency: Works done, products nature, quantities used, soil ang vegetal analysis, GPS cartography, vegetal registration, etc… Besides, it is of great interest to collect informations which are the basis of our experience.

Controling each parcel yield ...

Each terroir is characterised by its specific potential for maturity, perfect knowledge of which is essential in order to obtain quality grapes. At Château Lamothe-Vincent , we believe that the natural soil balance is the basis on which to build optimum yields. Thus, organic manures and grass grown between rows are associated with green works to obtain the optimal yield…

Effeuillage ( leaf plucking )...

In addition, thinning out the leaves at the lower part of the vine minimises the risk of rot by encouraging better ventilation and reducing humidity. Greater exposure to the sun results in riper grapes (decrease of the IBMP level).

Green Harvesting...

Green harvesting is carried out in certain vineyards: Removing grape bunchs in July to yield riper grapes and to reduce the risk of rot, is however made with moderation to avoid big grapes that lead to dilution of polyphenolic compounds.

 

terroir exploration...

Since 2010, a systematic exploration of soils and subsoils are performed before new plantations, with the aid of Xavier Choné, a famous pedologist. It allows us to obtain a perfect match between the variety and the soil/subsoil, to reach the best expression of the specific terroir.

 

 


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